#DuqWBB Falls in A-10 Quarterfinals to Fordham 45-41
March 7, 2014
RICHMOND - The Duquesne women's basketball team fell to Fordham 45-41 in the quarterfinal round of the 2014 Atlantic 10 Championship at the Richmond Coliseum on Friday night.
Wumi Agunbiade led all scorers with 19 points. She also led the Dukes (19-12) with nine rebounds.
Fordham (23-7) had a well-balanced attack with three players scoring in double figures, including Emily Tapio who recorded a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds. Samantha Clark had a game-high 11 rebounds.
The Dukes started out the 1st half making only two of its first eight shots and trailed 9-4 heading into the first media timeout. Duquesne's defense clamped down on Fordham, holding them scoreless over the next five minutes. The Dukes grabbed their first lead of the game when Agunbiade found Jose-Ann Johnson inside for a jump hook making the score 10-9 at the 11:14 mark of the half.
The lead would last only 19 seconds, as Erin Rooney responded with a 3-pointer which started a 12-1 run. With Fordham leading 21-11 with 7:36 to play, the Dukes called timeout. Neither team would score until Olivia Bresnahan converted a layup at 3:42. April Robinson would follow with a pair of free throws and Agunbiade with a turnaround jumper to get the Dukes within four points, making the score 21-17 and forcing a Fordham timeout at 2:41.
Tapio made a foul shot with 2.2 seconds left to close out the 1st half scoring as the Rams took a 24-19 lead into halftime.
Agunbiade opened the 2nd half scoring quickly with a fade-away jumper to cut the lead to three points, but by the 16 minute media timeout, the Rams had built an eight point lead at 31-23. The Dukes cut the deficit to three points at 34-31 at the midway point of the half and Robinson's running layup with 8:35 remaining got the Dukes within one point and forced a Fordham timeout.
However, Fordham would build a seven point lead at 40-33 with 4:49 remaining. The Dukes got back-to-back jumpers from Agunbiade and a NBA-range 3-pointer from Raegan Moore to tie the score at 40-40 with 2:10 to play.
A pair of Rooney foul shots at 1:59 put the Rams up by 2 points. Agunbiade made 1-of-2 from the line 12 seconds later, but that would be the final points of the night for the Dukes. Clark's layup with 45 seconds left made the score 44-41.
On the ensuing possession, Oditte Odisho's 3-point attempt was off and rebounded by Hannah Missry. After a Fordham timeout, Moore made a steal with 9 seconds remaining and with 2.4 second to play, Robinson's game-tying 3-pointer rimmed out. Tapio grabbed the rebound, was fouled and closed out the game at the foul line.
"Anytime you get to conference tournament play, you know the game is going to become a defensive struggle," said head coach Dan Burt. "We defended tonight, but like the last three weeks, we have really struggled to score."
The Dukes recorded season-lows 41 points, 16 field goals and 8 foul shots.
"Take away what Wumi gave us, and we're 8-for-35 with 22 points. You can't win when you can't put it in the basket."
For the game, Duquesne shot 30.8 percent. Fordham was 30.4 percent from the floor.
"Right now, we hope to further our season in the WNIT and show everybody the way we have shot the ball over the last three weeks is not indicative of the team we are."
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